Mr Baffled and I had our little Button-Pusher a bit later in life. Many of our friends however didn’t wait, so for around 15 years before becoming parents, we were surrounded by children of various ages. We spent a huge amount of time with our friends and their kids and they (the friends) all said … More Who’s pushing the failure button?
Emily Joyce is an English actress born and raised in South East London. Perhaps best known for the popular BBC 1 series, My Hero, and more recently for an amazing performance on the London Stage in, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Emily is mum to two boys, Gabriel (15) and Bailey … More Actress, Emily Joyce: who pushed her buttons?
I’ve been doing my best to avoid using the word ‘bossy’ when referring to my gorgeous little Button-Pusher. Words are powerful and can have a very negative effect on our emotions and self esteem, and the word ‘bossy’ has a particularly negative association. So much so, that in 2014, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, launched the … More Bossy? Nope just being assertive Mum!
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has recently started to call me ‘Mum’. Just a handful of times, but it’s on the increase, and it has stopped me in my tracks. I was not not prepared for it and I’m not happy about it! And why? Why is it such a big deal to me? When B-P … More Don’t call me Mum!
There once was a girl with a head full of curls, whose favourite word was ‘mine’. From the moment she woke, whenever she spoke, she would utter the very same line: “That’s mine!” she would whine, all of the time, regardless of what she had seen. A toy, or a hat, a bike or a … More But It’s Mine!
The gorgeous little Button-Pusher and I made some Christmas cards at the weekend (I know, I know: it’s only October but that’s how we roll in the Baffled household. Well to be honest, Mr B thinks I’m mad to have started so far in advance of Christmas, so perhaps it’s just how I roll…). It took … More Expectation will kill you quicker than crack!
There once was a girl with a head full of curls, who’d developed an interesting skill. With a look or a glance, or a sigh or a prance, she could push Mummy’s buttons at will. Well I say ‘at will’ but that takes some skill, and even this Mummy knew: when toddlers behave as toddlers … More From Pusher with Love
There’s a famous expression that is often quoted in films, that possession is nine tenths of the law. In truth, it’s just an expression and not an actual law. It’s also not something that the average toddler cares much about, especially once they enter the MINE phase. Everything is ‘a phase’ when you have children. … More Possession: 9/10s of the law but 10/10s of a toddler
There are days when I crave some alone time. When there isn’t a toddler under my feet, repeatedly saying my name over and over, for seemingly no reason (have you ever watched that scene from Family Guy? When Stewie says ‘mommy?’ over and over and over again? It lasts for what feels like an age, … More Time away from your toddler: it’s good for everyone
During pregnancy, I often joked about having ‘baby brain’. Occasionally I quoted research that believes it’s nature’s way of preparing women to emotionally bond with their baby: hormones (it’s always hormones eh?), divert the brain’s attention to where it’s needed most. So less important jobs tend to fall by the wayside. After you give birth, … More Baby Brain? It might last longer than you think…..